IB ToK Essay Titles and Topics: May 2021

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Title 1: "Accepting knowledge claims always involves an element of trust." Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 1 include:

  • is trust simply the same as the WOK faith?
  • what is the difference between trusting oneself and trusting others?
  • are self-evident truths taken on trust?
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Title 2: Within areas of knowledge, how can we differentiate between change and progress? Answer with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 2 include:

  • the role of truth in distinguishing change and progress
  • the functions or uses of knowledge
  • the role of rational justification in defending knowledge claims
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Title 3: "Labels are a necessity in the organization of knowledge, but they also constrain our understanding." Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 3 include:

  • are mental concepts labels?
  • the role of the imagination in pushing the boundaries of unconstrained knowledge
  • the difference between analysing something and labelling it
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Title 4: "Statistics conceal as much as they reveal." Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 4 include:

  • the difference between descriptive and inferential statistics
  • the difference between subjective and objective probability
  • what is the difference between appearance and reality?
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Title 5: "Areas of knowledge are most useful in combination with each other." Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 5 include:

  • the way different questions are asked in different AOKs
  • the different methods that each AOK uses to answer its distinctive questions
  • how can AOKs combine without merging and losing their identity?
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Title 6: " Avoiding bias seems a commendable goal, but this fails to recognize the positive role that bias can play in the pursuit of knowledge." Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 6 include:

  • can we ever see the world, as it is, without using concepts?
  • do we need bias to form hypotheses in the imagination?
  • what is the difference between an objective and a subjective judgement?
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